Becoming a Landscape Architect

There are two different ways to become a landscape architect. If you have never been to university before you should complete a Landscape Institute accredited undergraduate degree. If you already have a degree you may well be eligible to enter onto one of our graduate conversion courses.

Undergraduate landscape architecture degrees last 4 years. For details of how to obtain funding for the full 4 years of your degree please see the finance section of this website.

Landscape architecture is a chartered profession like architecture, accountancy or surveying. That means for a career in the profession, you'll need at least a first degree and then to continue learning while you work in order to qualify fully as a chartered landscape architect. You will also need to be a member of the Landscape Institute, the professional body, qualifying authority and regulator for the profession. Join the LI now and be part of our professional community.

Around half of landscape architects in the UK work in private companies. Other major employers include local authorities and government agencies such as the Environment Agency, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Countryside Council for Wales and environmental charities such as Groundwork.

After university, most landscape architects start on salaries from £20,000 per year (Source: Landscape Institute 2012).

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